How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask stefano Your Own Question

stefano
stefano, Auto Service Technician
Category: Ford
Satisfied Customers: 437
Experience:  I have been an auto mechanic for 15 years, 12 years with Ford. ASE Master and Ford certified.
4820548
Type Your Ford Question Here...
stefano is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

2004 ford explorer. we have blinking overdrive light. codes ...

Resolved Question:

2004 ford explorer. we have blinking overdrive light. codes indicate that torque converter clutch solenoid is bad. vin# XXXXX what type of transmission does it have? can it be repaired and how?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  stefano replied 7 years ago.
HiCustomer You have a 5R55S transmission. These have a common problem with the valve body. This is most likely what needs to be replaced.
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Please explain what you mean by the valve body? And how hard is that to replace on my own? Thanks
Expert:  stefano replied 7 years ago.

HiCustomer The valve body contains all the shift solenoids and most of the electronics for the trans. It is not hard to replace for an experienced tech, but may be difficult for someone who has not done it before. The most critical part is torquing the new valve body down, and lining it up. It is located above the trans pan. I do not recommend this for a beginner. I have attached the directions.

 

graphic
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Reply to stefano's Post: one last question...we were told the torque converter clutch solenoid was bad...by replacing the valve pan...are these parts included in the valve pan? just want to make sure that I would purchase all the needed parts. thanks
Expert:  stefano replied 7 years ago.
HiCustomer You can do it both ways. You can just replace the solenoid or you can replace the valve body. The valve body replacement is recommended because Ford has updated the valve body due to the many problems it has. Ask the parts people at the dealership to make sure.
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
is it reccomended to replace both to elemonate any doubt
Expert:  stefano replied 7 years ago.

HiCustomer I have double checked the Ford website and have found they have superseded the old TSB with a new one. I would just replace the solenoid pack, it is easier and cheaper. The valve body you have should be the updated one. If you do need to change the valve body later, you will just lose on the labor, but if you are doing it yourself, it should be no big deal. The solenoid pack can be replaced in a couple of hours. I have attached the TSB.

graphic

stefano, Auto Service Technician
Category: Ford
Satisfied Customers: 437
Experience: I have been an auto mechanic for 15 years, 12 years with Ford. ASE Master and Ford certified.
stefano and 6 other Ford Specialists are ready to help you

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • AlvinC answered a question about my Ford truck that only someone with an in-depth knowledge of his subject would have known what was going on. Rich D USA
< Last | Next >
  • AlvinC answered a question about my Ford truck that only someone with an in-depth knowledge of his subject would have known what was going on. Rich D USA
  • Because of your expertise, you armed me with enough ammunition to win the battle with the dealer. They are installing a fuel filter and fuel pump at no charge to me. Molly USA
  • I needed help with my car on Saturday morning....got a response in 5 minutes, and it was the perfect solution. Thanks again to your service. Jason V. Kirkland, WA
  • I do know, after going though this with JustAnswer, that I can somewhat trust my mechanic but I will always contact you prior to going there. BR New Jersey
  • I would (and have) recommend your site to others I was quite satisfied with the quality of the information received, the professional with whom I interacted, and the quick response time. Thanks, and be sure that I'll be back whenever I need a question answered in a hurry. Stephanie P Elm City, NC
  • used your service this weekend with "Trecers" help. thank you ,thank you, thank you. replaced an A/C fan motor. Local Auto Zone had part. $15.00 "tracer" fee and $40.00 for parts, I saved several hundreds of dollers at a shop. i will recommend you and use you in the future. David L. Richmond, TX
  • 9 dollars, 2 hours of my time, and I drove away. Your diagnosis was right on the mark. Thank you so much. Phil Marysville, CA
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Ron

    ASE Certified Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    20942
    23 years with Ford specializing in drivability and electrical and AC. Ford certs and ASE Certs
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/FO/fordguy4u/2011-12-17_222940_HPIM1257.64x64.JPG Ron's Avatar

    Ron

    ASE Certified Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    20942
    23 years with Ford specializing in drivability and electrical and AC. Ford certs and ASE Certs
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/MU/muddyford/2012-6-13_1204_1.64x64.png Chris (aka- Moose)'s Avatar

    Chris (aka- Moose)

    Ford Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    22382
    16 years experience with Ford.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/JM/jmcdo28/2012-2-23_01655_resized.64x64.jpg John Mc's Avatar

    John Mc

    Ford Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    5493
    19 years Ford Lincoln Mercury experience
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/wmarti7/2009-4-18_04332_Avatar.jpg Chuck's Avatar

    Chuck

    ASE Certified Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    1684
    33 Years Experience,Ford Senior Master,ASE Master,L1 Advanced Engine Performance
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/CR/crzydrvr00/2013-11-3_12123_246347.64x64.jpg Richard's Avatar

    Richard

    ASE Certified Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    1518
    12 years at a Ford Lincoln/Mercury and Jaguar dealer as a technician and shop foreman.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/BA/baddad1/2014-4-1_23659_avatar.64x64.jpg Mike V.'s Avatar

    Mike V.

    Auto Service Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    789
    25 years experience on all makes and models, Licensed NYS Inspector.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/lostrider/2009-9-26_23144_php4VNWAA_c1PM1.jpg lostrider's Avatar

    lostrider

    Ford Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    2940
    ASE Master Technician, Ford Senior Master Technician,Diesel certified, ASE Master, 22 yrs FORD exp.
 
 
 
Chat Now With A Ford Mechanic
stefano
stefano
Ford Mechanic
437 Satisfied Customers
I have been an auto mechanic for 15 years, 12 years with Ford. ASE Master and Ford certified.